Friday, June 22, 2012
Faction Warfare - Ranks
The only benefit of gaining rank goes to the enemy. The higher your rank, the more LP they get when they blow you up. Of course, this works in your favour if you can blow up high ranking enemy militia. Except, I don't know of anyone who targets the enemy based on rank. Probably because there is no quick, unintrusive way to determine rank during the heat of battle. (Bringing up the character show info window in the heat of battle is neither quick or unintrusive.)
This blog post isn't to suggest that there be a quick way to determine rank. We certainly don't need a rank column in the overview. We have more than enough columns to deal with as it is. That, and who cares. The rank adjustment to the LP reward likely isn't all that high anyhow. (Perhaps this requires some testing. Take two pilots of greatly differing rank, flying identical ships, what is the LP reward for killing each of them?)
What I am going to suggest is that rank have some added utility beyond being an LP reward multiplier.
What if rank gave fleet bonuses to those in fleet, wing and squad command positions? The kicker? Without requiring any leadership skills. Granted, the bonuses should be small, and reserved to the upper half of the rank hierarchy. These rank bonuses would further act as a multiplier to any leadership skill bonuses a character may also possess.
I'm not sure how long it takes currently to achieve the highest faction warfare rank (the Gallente Luminaire General or the Amarr Divine Commodore, as two examples), but I'm figuring it should take approximately 2 years of faction warfare involvement to reach maximum rank.
Another possibility is to give LP store discounts to the lower half of the rank hierarchy. Again, the bonuses should be small, maybe topping out at a 3% discount (which is on top of what ever other warzone discounts the militia as a whole receives.)
Rank should have its privileges.
Thoughts on the idea? It's obviously not fully fleshed out, but hopefully it will generate some further discussion and an evolution of ideas related to faction warfare rank.